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NCJ Number: 220141 Find in a Library
Title: Children and Youth: The Evolution of At-Risk to "High Promise" Youth
Journal: Child and Youth Services  Volume:29  Issue:1/2  Dated:2007  Pages:269-290
Author(s): Niall McElwee
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 22
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article contains a summary in the literary exploration of resiliency in at-risk children and youth in Ireland, a country emerging from a history of neglect towards vulnerable populations.
Abstract: It was found impossible to make global generalizations about children and youth from a phenomenological inquiry into the experiences of such a limited number of participants in just one city, Limerick, Ireland, and one case, St. Augustine’s. The goal of phenomenological research is, however, not to seek generalizations but to expose the individual case, endeavoring to use a symptomatic rather than representative approach to risk biographies. This has been an exploratory journey from risk to at-risk to resilience. One of the aims of the study has been to explore how a cohort of adolescents attempt to make sense of risk and resiliency in their lives. The study is critical of Irish social policy which consistently fails to acknowledge the importance of approaching and dealing with children and youth early in their at-risk cycles using a number of resiliency-led perspectives. The home life of a child, familial situation, peer group, and immediate living environment must all be targeted in any effective model of practice. The many social problems that appeared in this study should be addressed as they are seen to affect children and young people. The bottom-line of framing relevance to risk assessment is to move people into the zone of gains where their decisionmaking will be less risk-seeking. Notes, references
Main Term(s): Children at risk
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Adolescents at risk; Dangerousness; Ireland; Literature reviews; Perception; Research design; Research programs; Sociology; Youth development
Note: Special issue on At-Risk Children and Youth: Resiliency Explored, for related articles see NCJ-220132-140.
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